Anyone else catch this, or have their significant other force it on them. I admit enjoying the show on occasion but with all the sports yesterday I was hoping she would forget.
Anyway, I thought the show lost something with the added money. The couples no longer did all the work as they brought in help from home depo to do alot of the work. I don't recall ever seeing that on Trading Spaces before. And part of the appeal of the show for me is seeing how they can do so much with so little. Being an amature handyman I on occasion get Ideas for improving my home without spending boatloads of cash. With the large amount of money at their disposal it turned more into a showcase for the designers as for who could be more extravagant. Although the work turned out by the carpenters was excellent.
Other than the great home entertainment systems that they got, I didn't see the rooms being any more impressive than what they normally turn out.
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I think the point of the show was to allow the designers an opportunity to show what they can do when not constrained by money. Laurie and Doug are two of the designers who's concepts get most hamstrung by the low budget. (I'd add Hilde to this list also, although she tends to come up with crazy cheap ideas to get around it.) Its also interesting to note that Laurie and Doug both had rooms featured in the "hated it" series from last week, as if to imply that they are great designers, and those blunders were all the fault of the budget. Also, it was nice to give the carpenters time to build one fantastic piece that they could really develop as opposed to serving as one man furniture factories.
It was nice to see them actually doing real stuff instead of lots of feaux-finishes, like the marble around the fireplace.
It was a nice *special* episode, but I hope they don't turn this into a regular thing. (Unless I ever go on the show... Where's my WEGA TV?)
I was watching it, too, and I thought it lost a lot of appeal with the extra cash. Paige wore a sleeveless t-shirt and her trademark tight jeans. I've never enjoyes Laurie and Doug; I hoped it would be Genavive (sp?) and either Vern or Frank.
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I wonder if they picked Laurie and Doug because they're actually professional interior designers, unlike most of the TS crew, and therefore better able to handle the planning and organization that large budgets require -- in theory, at least. I know Doug's done work for wealthy clients, so he must be more used to having pots of money to draw on, and he certainly showed it with his work here -- very neat and pulled together, not the half-ass jobs or practical jokes he turns out on the regular episodes.
Of course, that doesn't explain Laurie's room, which consisted mostly of buying a lot of expensive crap, sticking it in the room, and calling it a day. But then, I'm not a fan of hers in general, so...
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Amen to that, Shem. Doug was actually quite enjoyable in this episode and did a really nice job with the room. I didn't care for Laurie's "Oooh, look at all this neato stuff for gobs of money!" attitude. Like spending the money for the sake of spending it.
Mrs. Whatever was pretty pissed off at the extra help and the fact that Sony *gave* the electronics away. She felt like the whole thing was kind of wrong, just like brick detailed. The only thing I could think of is that this will keep people coming to the show as volunteers since they never know when a surprise like this could be sprung. As my wife was crying over the painting of wood, I commented, "They could do whatever they wanted if I could get that TV."
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